All seems well for the Su family – until Mother Su dies and suppressed issues come to light one after another. Finally freed from his tyrannic wife, father Su Da Qiang (Ni Da Hong) has to rethink how he wants to spend the rest of his life. The selfish and narrow-minded old man consequently begins to disturb the peaceful lives of his three grown-up children by continuously making excessive requests. Oldest son Su Ming Zhe (Gao Xin) returns from America in order to lend a helping hand, yet ends up causing a rift in his own family under the heavy burden. Second son Su Ming Cheng (Guo Jing Fei) is a spoiled brat who got used to living off his parents. He is obsessed with getting rich and doesn’t flinch from doing risky moves that could ruin his whole family in order to achieve his goal. Daugther and youngest child Su Ming Yi (Yao Chen) was never favoured by her parents due to being a girl, and therefore cut all family ties when she turned 18. But now that her family is in trouble, she decides to help after all, and has to live through her traumatic childhood once again. Will this deeply damaged family still be able to overcome all issues and find together in the end?
Memories of Peking depicts the lives of ordinary people in old Beijing. The drama opens in 1947 when pickles shop owner Yan Zhen Sheng (He Bing) makes the big decision to take a second wife in order to carry on the family line. Even though he and new bride Mu Chun Hua (Wang Ou) don’t have feelings for each other, their relationship deepens over time. When the New Marriage Law that allows women to seek divorce is passed in 1950, Zheng Sheng and Chun Hua dissolve their marriage. Nevertheless, Zheng Sheng, Chun Hua and Zheng Sheng’s first wife Lin Cui Qing (Liu Bei) continue to support each other through thick and thin.
University professor Li Liang (Zhang Yi) leads a tranquil life until his biological father Li Yi Sheng (Zhang Guo Li) suddenly appears at an autograph event for Li Liang’s new book. Li Liang and his sister Li Nan (Pan Chen), who were raised by their stepfather Li Dong Shan (Li Jian Yi), refuse to acknowledge Yi Sheng as their father. But Dong Shan doesn’t blame them and tries hard to participate in their lives – only to end up creating a mess every time.
That City, This Family depicts the daily struggles of survivors of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. Wang Da Ming (Ma Yuan) and Lin Zhi Yan (Cathy Zhou), a young married couple, are buried together when the earthquake occurs. After six days and seven nights, Da Ming is rescued, but has to learn that his pregnant wife and his father both died. Actually, every family in the city is in mourning. Later on, Yang Ai (Tong Lei) who works at a ceramics factory appears in Da Ming’s life. She too has lost her beloved ones in the earthquake and is only left with a son who turned mute. Da Ming and Yang Ai decide to marry to create a new family and find happiness again.
The Sound of the Bell at Shanghai Bund tells the story of a common family living in the alleys of old Shanghai from the Cultural Revolution till the days of reform and opening. Du Xin Sheng (Yu Hao Ming) and Yu Pei Pei are classmates who have deep affection for each other. Pei Pei’s grandmother, however, is a professor at the conservatory and denounced as reactionary by the Red Guards. In order to prevent the Red Guards from taking away the precious Italian cello in Pei Pei’s home, Xin Sheng goes to his father who does maintenance work at the bell tower at the Bund and they hide the cello in there. When more and more young people from the city are being sent to the countryside, the Du family’s eldest daughter Xin Fang is determined to follow as well. But when the unmarried Xin Fang gets pregnant in the countryside, the Du family is being confronted with a huge challenge.
Set in the Northern Song dynasty, the story revolves around Sheng Ming Lan (Zhao Li Ying), the unfavoured sixth daughter of an official. After being mistreated by her legal mother and bullied by her half-sisters, Ming Lan learns to hide her skills and true intentions, and ultimately succeeds in avenging her biological mother’s death. She meets Gu Ting Ye (Feng Shao Feng), who initially dislikes her but after witnessing her wits and intelligence, decides to help her. They eventually fall in love with each other. After Gu Ting Ye becomes a powerful official, he successfully makes Ming Lan his wife. As his wife, Ming Lan helps guard against his unpleasant relatives and purges the court of corrupt ministers.
The Family is the remake of the 2014 hit Korean drama “What Happens to My Family”. Single dad Fang Yong Fu (Li Li Qun) doesn’t have it easy with his three children. His still unmarried eldest daughter Tian Xin (Dong Jie) works sucessfully as the CEO’s secretary in a conglomerate. But everything changes when the CEO’s son Wang Shuo (Ronald Zhai) appears and misunderstands her relationship with his father. The eldest son Tian Yi (Roy Chiu) works as oncologist but is ashamed of his poor family. And the youngest son Xiao Long (Ren Yu Jie), the biggest troublemaker, is unemployed. Chaos becomes perfect when Li Yue Yue (Hong Jia Ning), a girl from the countryside, suddenly appears at their door.
Flipped in My Youth depicts the life of an ordinary married couple, how they overcome hardships together and both mature over ten years. In the 1990s, roadman Chen Ye (Shawn Wei) falls in love at first sight with the department store clerk Li Zhao Di (Jiang Yan). He tricks her into marrying him by promising her that he will take the TOEFL test and emigrate with her, turning her into a wealthy expat lady. Meanwhile, Zhao Di has been pampered by her family since litte, and her temper comes to light when the newlyweds start living together. In order to help her husband concentrate on taking the test, she takes care of the whole household, but Chen Ye still fails in the end. Moreover, Chen Ye even loses his job and Zhao Di is found out to be infertile. Zhao Di falls into despair and starts questioning whether she made the right decision.
Adapted from the Korean hit drama “Dear My Friends”, Dear Them tells the story of a couple of friends who have reached an old age and support each other while trying to let go of all worldly worries. From the perspective of Gu Jia Yi (Jiang Yan), we learn about her mother and her mother’s friends’ lifes and struggles.
Xiang Qian (Yang Shuo) is the son of common workers while Xun Zhao (Liu Tao) is from a literary family. The two fall in love and decide to marry against Xun Zhao’s parents’ wishes. Xiang Qian, who has to rely on his own intelligence and hard work, spends all his time working in order to go up the ladder in a famous investment company. In the meanwhile, Xun Zhao has given up everything to become a housewife after their marriage, but can’t adapt to it. The relationship between Xiang Qian and Xun Zhao deteriorates more and more. When Xun Zhao gets diagnosed with depression, she is afraid of affecting their son Hao Han (Hummer Zhang) and thus decides to leave the family. After their divorce, Xiang Qian fails at work as well and has to pull through his son and himself without any money. Only when he meets Alisa (Gina Jin), he finally faces himself and stands up again. Xun Zhao, on the other hand, wants to start life anew, but coincidentally becomes her ex-husband’s new girlfriend’s assistant.